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‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Film Review: A Half-Baked Hollywood Version of a Great Documentary

David Gordon Green’s star-studded film is a middling comedy about the humdrum conflicts between American meddlers in Bolivia’s 2002 election. Meanwhile, the Bolivians in it are as invisible as most of the slaves in “Gone With the Wind.”

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‘Sicario’ Film Review: Dirty War on Mexican Drug Cartels Could Become Reality

A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld with the one he knows, and says Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration.

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‘Suffragette’ Movie Review: Domestic Terrorist or Proud Feminist?

The subtlety of Carey Mulligan’s acting is matched by the delicacy of Abi Morgan’s screenplay in this period film about the women’s suffrage movement in England. Told through its most vulnerable activists, the story is as timely today as it was a century ago.

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‘Bridge of Spies’ Film Review: A Movie for the Cold War Nostalgic

Starring Tom Hanks, it’s an efficient, exciting entertainment, but it’s also a Steven Spielberg movie, which usually means trouble somewhere. In this case, though, the irritations are minor, diffusely woven into the fabric of the film.

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‘He Named Me Malala’ Film Review: Who’s Behind the Persona?

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim documents the public side of the world-famous Pakistani education crusader but gives us only fleeting glimpses of the real girl.

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‘Prophet’s Prey’ Film Review: This American Horror Story Is All Too Real

Amy Berg’s disturbing documentary on the Warren Jeffs polygamist sect zooms in on a story that oozes with archetypal evil.

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A Flawed ‘Black Mass’: Tale of a Rat, as Told by Rats

Director Scott Cooper’s film about Boston gangster “Whitey” Bulger shines in its casting but is shaded by earlier works from Martin Scorsese and others.

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‘A Walk in the Woods’ Is a Cinematic Walk in the Park

The pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte is entertaining, family-friendly and perhaps just a wee bit too glib.

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‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Gets Adolescent Sexuality Right

Few movies view sex from the perspective of a female teen; even fewer resist imposing the man-made double binds of silly virgin/stupid skank or hottie and nottie.

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In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

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